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Well, I've dusted off me Kodak Box Brownie and headed up to Fairford for a weekend's camping at the International Air Tattoo.

My face has only just stopped burning after looking into a fairly stiff breeze for three days. Added to the welcome sunshine on the Saturday and I look damn healthy http://s2.images.proboards.com/smiley.gif

These are my first batch of images . . . .













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Many thanks for the kind comments - much appreciated.

I've just started working through my second card and will post a few later.

In the meantime I'll share these couple of the USA's Rapter aircraft . . . . now get ready to cover your ears.





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bigal55 - 2010-07-25 8:21 PM hi w2g great photos as usual,what camera & lens did you use, and would you buy them again. i,m lookig to uprade regards alan

Thank you all for your very kind comments.  I'm over the moon with the results and just wanted to share them with you.

Alan, I'm the proud owner of the 15 megapixel Canon EOS 50D and two image stabiliser zoom lenses.  A Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (which I use as a standard lens) and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM (which I use for aviation and wildlife etc.

If you shop around you can get the EOS 50D with 18-200mm lens for around £1,100 and the 100-400mm will set you back around £1,200.  It ain't cheap but look at the results!!

I've had a love affair with photography since being a boy and have been taking serious stuff for over 40 years.  The EOS 50D is my 4th or 5th Canon camera and my second Canon digital model.  Canon produce some of the best optics around and I wouldn't really consider going elsewhere.  Would I buy another - in a heartbeat.


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thanks for the info,i will probably go for something cheaper, Nikon D5000 or Canon EOS550D but will definitely go for image stabilized lens, mainly for wildlife


how did the rapter compare to the euro fighter


regards alan

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I went for the EOS 50D because I didn't want the plastic body and preferred the heavier more robust magnesium body instead.  My last camera was the EOS 10D which had a magnesium body and it stood up to the knocks very well indeed.

Regarding the F-22 Raptor (sorry about the earlier incorrect spelling) versus the Typhoon.  From a display point of view there isn't too much to choose between them.  Both are very agile and both very loud :-)

The Raptor tends to be more manoeuvrable because of it's vectored thrust.  It can't hover but it can fly at a ridiculous angle of attack and can stand on it's tail in a vertical climb.  But it's an ugly bu**er when it's sat on the ground with it's wheels down.

To compare them in the sky, in my opinion the Typhoon performs like an F1 Grand Prix car (sleek, fast and aerodynamic) whereas the Raptor reminds me of the American Muscle Cars (wide, sharp angles and a HUGE engine under the hood).

At takeoff, both make your ribs vibrate and both produce that wonderful sound of 'tearing paper' . . . . . . hmmmm missing them already.


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